Crystal Mae Howard was born on October 5, 1916 to Cernie and Eva (Thompson) Hemness on a farm northeast of Inwood, IA where she grew up. She graduated from Inwood High School. After graduating she attended beauty school and began her lifelong career (1934 to 1995) of being a beauty operator, working many years in Canton and Mitchell.
Crystal married Gerald A. Howard. They lived in Canton, SD and Brooten, MN before moving to Mitchell in 1958 where they lived out the remainder of their years. Crystal loved playing the piano for her own enjoyment and others as well. She had a natural talent of being able to play by “ear” and could play any song requested of her without any music. She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Mitchell.
Crystal is survived by her son, Gary (Ann) Howard of Oliver, British Columbia; two grandchildren: Nick Howard of Sioux Falls, SD and Heather Howard of Cold Springs, NY; two sisters: Leota Madland and Eleanor (Dick) Schemmel both of Inwood, IA and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her parents and her brother, Glenn Hemness.